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Democracy Post DemocracyPost covers the challenges facing democracy around the world. Welcome to DemocracyPost. We used to take the spread of democracy for granted.
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Communism collapsed. People power triumphed in one country after another. The Arab Spring promised a new flowering of freedom. How long ago that now seems. Everywhere we look, autocrats are on the march. Populist revolts are upending old assumptions. Democratic institutions face new threats even in places with long traditions of liberal values. Yet there is another story beneath those headlines. In poll after poll around the world, citizens constantly reassert their longing for true democracy. They want to choose their own leaders, and they want to hold those leaders accountable for their action. They want to participate in civic life. They want control over their own destinies. This, in short, is the story of 21st-century democracy – a story that DemocracyPost can tell like no one else. Our reporting will examine the struggles of dissidents and reformers, the push for free elections and the fight against corruption. Our authors will road-test strategies for circumventing dictators and promoting positive social change. We will explore the theories and realities of revolution, the complexities of political participation, and the special role of the middle class. We’ll look at tensions between reformers and autocrats in places ranging from Hong Kong to Istanbul — and we’ll be sure to include the “consolidated democracies” of the West, where so many of the old certainties suddenly appear to be up for grabs. While many of our contributors undoubtedly favor democracy over despotism, our reporting will come from a range of perspectives, opinions and disciplines. We will eschew grand abstractions and scholasticism in favor of the practical and concrete. And, in the true democratic spirit, we will give privileged place to writers from the countries we’re covering — people who have an immediate and personal interest in the outcome. We can’t claim to be entirely disinterested. By sharing our reporting about the challenges facing democracy around the world, we hope to contribute to the betterment of democratic institutions. By making our reporting as accessible as possible, we aim to open up the discussion of democracy to new audiences. And by striving for accuracy and depth, we aim to combat the rise of misinformation and to promote the kind of well-informed debates that are the lifeblood of true democracy. We hope you will join us.

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Members of the younger generation have taken to social media to express their frustration with the king— over everything...
05/15/2020
Opinion | Why Thais are losing faith in the monarchy

Members of the younger generation have taken to social media to express their frustration with the king— over everything from blocking rush-hour traffic for the royal motorcade to his bizarre lifestyle. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun #whydoweneedaking

Royalty isn't what it used to be.

"In 2019, we have finally seen protesters, voters and activists reassert their belief in democratic ideals. The results ...
12/27/2019
Opinion | Why 2019 was a turning point in the global battle for democracy

"In 2019, we have finally seen protesters, voters and activists reassert their belief in democratic ideals. The results in most places remain inconclusive. But the battle has been joined, from the United States to Eastern Europe, from Africa to Asia and Latin America." By Frida Ghitis

This year we saw protesters, voters and activists reassert their belief in democratic ideals.

"The case marks a milestone in the #Philippines, where 145 journalists have been killed since the early 1990s. It also p...
12/20/2019
Opinion | A trial in the Philippines offers a ray of hope for democratic institutions

"The case marks a milestone in the #Philippines, where 145 journalists have been killed since the early 1990s. It also provides a glimmer of hope, especially to journalists and human rights workers who have borne the brunt of President Rodrigo Duterte’s assault on democratic norms." By Sheila Coronel

A bright spot amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s assault on democratic norms.

“It was very emotional to see the military facing charges in a court for the first time. The military have been getting ...
12/14/2019
Opinion | The Rohingya finally got their day in court. For most of them it was a first.

“It was very emotional to see the military facing charges in a court for the first time. The military have been getting away with human rights violations against us for decades. We have worked so hard for this day.” By Christian Caryl

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/14/rohingya-finally-got-their-day-court-most-them-it-was-first/

The outcome is uncertain, but the wheels of justice are finally turning.

An excellent take on tomorrow's Algerian election by Nabila Ramdani: "The real momentum for change in Algeria lies with ...
12/11/2019
Opinion | The Algerian election shows why the army can’t bring the change people want

An excellent take on tomorrow's Algerian election by Nabila Ramdani: "The real momentum for change in Algeria lies with young people - those who are protesting peacefully against entrenched Algerian institutions, including the military." #Algeria #Algérie

The role of the military is dividing Algeria ahead of this week's epochal election.

“The rising number of abductions and the open acknowledgment of a policy of targeted killings all suggest that Erdogan i...
12/03/2019
Opinion | President Erdogan has issued a license to kill

“The rising number of abductions and the open acknowledgment of a policy of targeted killings all suggest that Erdogan is preparing to become even more aggressive in his treatment of his enemies abroad.” By Can Dündar #erdogan

Turkey's president has given his spies sweeping authority to kidnap or kill dissidents abroad

Amnesty International USA
11/12/2019
Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International USA

"If Congress wishes to genuinely advance the U.S.-Turkey relationship in the wake of the incursion, it needs to demand an honest accounting of the operation’s human cost and to protect those in Turkey and in Syria who can help do the math."

Washington Post Opinions and Outlook
11/07/2019
Washington Post Opinions and Outlook

Washington Post Opinions and Outlook

The Berlin Wall — and everything it symbolized — is just a memory, and it is tempting to view the events of 1989 as mere history, writes Christian Caryl.

That would be a mistake. In fact, that remarkable year has left an enduring imprint on Europe — and the rest of the world.

Four writers reflect on the upheaval of that moment that still shapes politics, economies and biographies in ways we don’t normally consider.

"Falsely describing impeachment as a coup is likely to fuel Hannity-style debunked 'deep state' conspiracy theories circ...
10/30/2019
Opinion | I study coups. This is not a coup, Mr. President.

"Falsely describing impeachment as a coup is likely to fuel Hannity-style debunked 'deep state' conspiracy theories circulating in pro-Trump circles online and on the airwaves. Such conspiracy theories have already sparked real-world attempts at violence."

The president and his supporters should stop using this rhetoric before someone gets killed.

"The president's commitment to peace rings hollow so long as he denies the historical grievances of the Anglophone commu...
10/04/2019
Opinion | End the bloodshed in Cameroon

"The president's commitment to peace rings hollow so long as he denies the historical grievances of the Anglophone community and arbitrarily imprisons those who should be at the negotiating table." By Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Yonah Diamond, and Jeremy Wiener

Peace is possible.

Sudan's democratic transition needs our help. Rebecca Hamilton (American University) explains why
10/01/2019
Opinion | Seize this moment in Sudan

Sudan's democratic transition needs our help. Rebecca Hamilton (American University) explains why

A major democratic transition urgently needs the help of the West.

"One year ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thought he could end a debate with a bone saw....." The Post's pac...
09/30/2019
Opinion | Jamal Khashoggi: A missing voice, a growing chorus

"One year ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thought he could end a debate with a bone saw....." The Post's package of articles commemorating the anniversary of our colleague Jamal Khashoggi's death. Please read.

The quests that animated the Saudi journalist’s life cannot be so easily defeated.

"Whatever causes mayhem is music to the Kremlin's ears." By Christian Caryl
09/26/2019
Opinion | A scandal only Moscow could love

"Whatever causes mayhem is music to the Kremlin's ears." By Christian Caryl

Russian media coverage tells you a lot about the Kremlin's priorities — and perhaps something about Americans.

"On Fox News on Tuesday night, for example, one guest ludicrously claimed that Trump would be breaking the law if he had...
09/26/2019
Opinion | Trump is pushing a fake scandal once again. Don’t buy it.

"On Fox News on Tuesday night, for example, one guest ludicrously claimed that Trump would be breaking the law if he hadn’t pressured Ukraine into investigating Biden. Like magic, Trump’s abuses of power are transformed into heroic duties, live on the television screen." By Brian Klaas

How can millions of Americans believe in events that never happened?

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THE HEAVY ICEBERG OF THE STATE Every day, from all sides, desperate complaints come for what the government on duty does or does not do. Governments change regularly, deputies and presidents are also very different from the previous ones, but complaints and protests against them are constantly repeated. As if there was a HIDDEN POWER that unites them all and never disappears. Let's think about an iceberg. Only the small part that emerges is seen but, below the line of visibility, there is a huge hanging mass, that conditions, weighs and totally influences the part above. Well: we should think about an iceberg when we complain about yet another government that does not meet our needs. EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT A GOVERNMENT, ANY ONE, YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT THE EMERGED PART OF THE ICEBERG GOES WHERE THE SUBMERGED PART WANTS IT GO. THE APEX CAN OPPOS AS MUCH IT WANTS, NEVER IT WILL HAPPEN DIFFERENTLY. A State is made up of 99% of public employees hired for life, while governments are only a temporary minority, who will never go where the public careerists, the bureaucrats, do not want. Directly or indirectly, in infinite different ways, by inculcating all of us since we are children, these tyrants condition the legislative power and impede the evolution. Those who want to change things need not think only of governments and individual members of them. It is not by renewing only the legislative power that life will heal on Earth. Instead this will happen quickly by starting to periodically renew every other power of the State: agricultural, administrative, cultural, educational, informative, fiscal, judicial, ecological, public order, military, repressive, sanctioning, building, urban, landscape, health, statistical, etc. etc. Life is clear and simple. Whoever does not see this luminous beauty will never leave the marshes of complexity. He will never understand that Democracy is achieved simply through the regular restitution of all the State powers to the people. Without any exception. Danilo D'Antonio Abruzzo Mountains Civilly, legally, peacefully, let's evolve the whole Planet! Democratic States: open, osmotic, fluid, participatory.
Hello world! The Iraqi people are creating a revolution which include many cities and people of all sects however they are being oppressed. Help us to succeed in this revolution to eliminate corruption. أيها العالم! الشعب العراقي ينتفض من عدة مدن ومن مختلف الطوائف ويقابلون بالعنف ساعدونا للقضاء على الفساد #savetheIraqipeople✊
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First Festival of appreciation of Influential Personalities on Democracy and Development of Afghanistan for the year 1396 Afghanistan Democracy & Development Organization (ADDO) is conducted the festival of appreciation of influential personalities toward democracy and development in Afghanistan. Through this program ten most influential figures entitled as the influential personalities of the year. Following listed people are selected in year 1396: Number/ Selected Person/ Occupation/ Field of influentially 1- Saad Mohseni, Director of MOBY Group/ Media 2- Horia Mosadeq, Researcher at Amnesty International/ Human Rights 3- Matiullah Wesa, Director of Pen Path Association 4- Mary Akrami, Executive Director, Afghan Women’s Skills Development Center (AWSDC)/ Women and Peace 5- Abdul Mujeeb Khalwatgar, Executive Director of Nai / Freedom of Expression 6- Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of Ministry of Mines and Petroleum/ Good Governance 7- Saber Hosseini, Head of Mobile Libraries / Child Rights 8- Naheed Farid, Member of Parliament/ Politics 9- Khalil Raufi, Director of Afghanistan Youths Social and Educational Organization (AYSEO)/ Civil Society 10- Laila Haidari, Director of Mother Camp/ Social Activist Recognition of influential personalities are the main part of this festival, the level of performance of the selected personalities are based on 10 indicators considering their efforts toward peace and democracy in Afghanistan. ADDO has defined these indictors with consultation with experts in this field. Those indictors are mentioned below: 1. Efforts to reduce discrimination between Afghan nation; 2. Efforts to increase the coherence of most Afghan citizens; 3. Effective movements for Promoting Democratic Values in Afghanistan; 4. Earning national and international honors for the country; 5. Efforts to promote transparency, accountability and public participation; 6- Supporting vulnerable groups of society; 7. Conduct follow-up appeals related to human rights and essential rights of citizens; 8- Attempt to create and promote a culture of voluntarism; 9. Efforts to raise the level of community knowledge; 10. Increase the capacity of the cultural and leaning agencies. This initiative is taken by Afghanistan Democracy and Development Organization (ADDO). This festival will be conducted in first week of each new year for appreciating and entitling 10 influence personalities every year. I request you all to please circulate this news among your network through your publication or social media. It will help promoting of democracy in Afghanistan. For more information about the selected persons and their bio please refer to the below link: http://addo.org.af/festival/ Sincerely yours, Sayed Abdullah Ahmadi Executive Director of ADDO
Bellowing in the wind —————————— (from “Blowing in the wind” - Rewritten to support US people fighting for stricter Gun Control) How many students must be shot to die Before the gun control is claimed? How many innocent deaths will carry on Before the warmongers are banned? Yes, how many times must the bullets can fly Before they’re forever banned? The answer, our parents, is bellowing in the wind The answer is bellowing in the wind. Yes, how many tears can a family shed Before their children can be here? How many parents have to cry Before tragedies all are erased? Yes, how many times our children are threatened Before their safety they can be? The answer, our parents, is bellowing in the wind The answer is bellowing in the wind. By William Chan Wai Lam of Hong Kong 20180223